Got my gate bolt fixed at last

@Asylum (47928)
Manchester, England
January 26, 2018 10:40am CST
A few months ago I had a new fence built to separate the front and rear gardens. However, it did not take long for the bolt to become damaged, thus making it impossible to keep closed. Despite being a very simple job, I am unable to affix a new bolt in my present condition. Another problem was that the job was too small for most companies to bother with. Finally I tried an online site that was recommended to me, where I made contact with a fairly local handyman. To my delight he arrived today and my new bolt is now fitted. It is surprising how even basic things like this can become major obstacles at times.
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@LadyDuck (416944)
• Switzerland
26 Jan 18
I am glad that you had the bolts fixed. It s sometimes more difficult to find someone to do small jobs that a major repair. I also have a wooden fence that is damaged and need some repairs, it seems it costs less to remove the wooden fence and to replace it with a ready made one.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 18
I was determined to avoid a company because the cost would have been unrealistic.
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@LadyDuck (416944)
• Switzerland
26 Jan 18
@Asylum This is the problem with companies, they charge unrealistic prices.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 18
@LadyDuck Exactly. I still paid £30 for a simple job, but he had to travel to do the work and probably had to pay a fee to the website. He did a decent job so it was good value to me. A large company would no doubt add numerous bizarre item costs.
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@JudyEv (293970)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jan 18
Being out of town as we are it can be even harder to get someone willing to come out for small jobs. Luckily we can still do a lot of small repairs ourselves. But I hear what you are saying.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 18
During the last 7 or 8 months I have become incapable of the easiest of jobs, which can be both problematic and embarrassing.
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@JudyEv (293970)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jan 18
@Asylum We find we are needing help with the heavier tasks. It's amazing how helpful a bit of physics knowledge can be - pulleys and fulcrums and all that jazz.
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@Ganma7 (3854)
8 Feb 18
@Asylum Very difficult
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@jaboUK (64851)
• United Kingdom
30 Jan 18
Things like that defeat me as well, and my husband has never been a handyman. Glad you got it fixed.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
30 Jan 18
So am I because it seemed as though it would be like that forever.
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@andriaperry (115749)
• Anniston, Alabama
26 Jan 18
I agree, sometimes its hard, Tony just commented on how he was not able to shower himself a few months ago to now getting in and out of a tub. Chemo is so evil and good at the same time.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 18
Chemotherapy can be quite harsh, but I find that radiotherapy affected me more.
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@Gillygirl (47336)
• Sutton, England
26 Jan 18
Some of these small businesses offering handy man services are very good. Glad you were able to find one.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 18
It was only by chance that I tried online, but it was certainly the right decision.
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@Kandae11 (49168)
26 Jan 18
Isn't it great that one can go online and find someone who can do those simple tasks for us There is a door to my apartment which refuses to open - it has been like that for over six months. I think it is high time that I find a locksmith to open it and change the locks.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 18
I was actually reluctant to try online, but got a response within 30 minutes from a suitable handyman. Otherwise I would still be in need of help six months from now.
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@shaggin (63262)
• United States
27 Jan 18
That is just so frustrating that bigger companies won’t bother with smaller low paying jobs! I am glad you finally found someone to fix it for you! Anytime I need work done on my home it is so hard to find someone as well.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 18
Yes, everyone wants the big jobs but not the basic tasks that all homes encounter.
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@shaggin (63262)
• United States
28 Jan 18
@Asylum It took me 2 years to find someone to put new windows in my daughters room then another year or two to get someone to put the trim around the windows and her room.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 18
@shaggin Windows are the easiest for me because a friend of mine runs his own windows business.
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@rebelann (102998)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Jan 18
It isn't surprising to me, I can do a lot of my yard work but am a total idiot if I tried to do something like putting in a lock or whatnot, it's just not in my nature. Finding a handy man to help with those small jobs I can't do is not easy and I've yet to find one. You are definitely lucky to have found one.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 18
I agree and shall keep his telephone number for future reference
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@rebelann (102998)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Jan 18
That is a really good idea @Asylum hey, can I give him mine?? He'd only have to hop a plane to get here
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 18
@rebelann Planes are very difficult to hop onto because you need both legs to climb those boarding ladders.
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• Preston, England
28 Jan 18
@Asylum glad you got it sorted out ok
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 18
@arthurchappell A few weeks ago I may have agreed, but now I have alternating good and bad days.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 18
So am I because it was a constant reminder of how useless I have become.
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• Preston, England
28 Jan 18
@Asylum it must be frustrating but hopefully your strength will return in time
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@garymarsh6 (23138)
• United Kingdom
14 Feb 18
These small jobs that big companies wont tackle are mainly what people need help with. It would keep a small one man outfit busy for quite some time. I am pleased you were able to get it sorted Barry,
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
14 Feb 18
I agree and expect that there are many people who would have difficulty with such jobs.
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@moffittjc (108525)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Feb 18
Wow, I remember you talking about that bolt a while ago! I'm glad you were finally able to get it fixed.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
6 Feb 18
So am I because it was becoming a real annoyance.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
10 Feb 18
@moffittjc This is so true, as soon as one problem is solved you notice others.
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@moffittjc (108525)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Feb 18
@Asylum Now that the gate is fixed, you can focus your attention on something else around the house that has become a real annoyance!
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• United States
31 Jan 18
I run into that all the time. There are plumbers, gardeners, electricians but who does odd little jobs? Some things I have had just to learn to live with. When I came home this time my front door is sticking. I don't have a local woodworker!
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
31 Jan 18
That kind of job is a real nuisance and would cost a fortune for a company to fix.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
1 Feb 18
@Jeanniemaries Quite possibly and a little oil in the lock may help.
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• United States
31 Jan 18
@Asylum Hopefully it's just because it wasn't opened for 9 months and over time it will get back to normal. It's better than it was the first day.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
31 Jan 18
I am presuming that you are 'ill' not being aware what your 'present condition' is. And yes, your observation is right. It is so hard to get a handyman to to come do something small. Glad it worked out okay. The tower bolt in our bathroom broke and my brother still haven't got the time to fix it. (he really is busy). It has been three months now. But only my niece and I are the only people upstairs in the house so we use a makeshift gallon of water to keep the door close.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
31 Jan 18
You are correct, I have stage 4 cancer. This has resulted in having 12 sessions of chemotherapy and 10 sessions of radiotherapy over previous months, which has helped but has left me quite useless in some ways.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
7 Feb 18
@Gita17112016 Mine was stage 4 cancer, which is seriously advanced. As a result the simplest of jobs become formidable.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
7 Feb 18
@Asylum I was diagnosed with stage -- something ...cancer (I could never remember the stage, but it is the very least... or early stages). Fortunately, I never had treatment ...just did the biopsies and MRI. Then I tried an alternative medicine thingy and then no cancer. But I have put on some serious weight which leaves me pretty useless too. I have many handyman skills but I can no longer do them. Sadly.
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@Ganma7 (3854)
8 Feb 18
I understand. Handymen are hard to find. The smaller jobs are very hard to get done. Glad you found someone
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
8 Feb 18
I was almost giving up hope of getting the job done.
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@Ganma7 (3854)
8 Feb 18
@Asylum I get it believe me. Have had issues myself.
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@KrauseHome (36576)
• United States
3 Feb 18
Glad you were able to find someone and get it fixed. One less worry for you.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
4 Feb 18
Oddly enough it was beginning to prey on my mind. Strange how such minor things can bother us at times.
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• China
3 Feb 18
You finally got it sorted out. Nowadays we seem to increasingly resort to online site.For the handyman,this job was a doddle.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
3 Feb 18
It would be difficult to find a handyman without using the internet these days.
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@Madshadi (8863)
• Brussels, Belgium
2 Feb 18
It’s good that you managed to get it fixed. I hope those handymen aren’t expensive where you live
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
2 Feb 18
They are far cheaper than a company would be.
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@jstory07 (125716)
• Roseburg, Oregon
3 Feb 18
Sometimes the easiest things are hard to get done. It makes sense to me. No big company wants to be bothered with small jobs.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
3 Feb 18
Exactly my problem, so I was delighted to find someone. Now I shall keep his telephone number for future use.
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@Inlemay (17748)
• South Africa
2 Feb 18
that is progress - wow its been a while that it was broken.
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
2 Feb 18
Yes it has an after a while you start to expect that it will stay that way.
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@Shiva49 (25255)
• Singapore
2 Feb 18
I am good at only the basics and thankfully I have access to couple of handymen - siva
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@Asylum (47928)
• Manchester, England
2 Feb 18
My biggest problem was that the screws were not straight, so they were difficult to remove.
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